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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 25 October 2018) . . Page.. 4375 ..

(3) Information about the qualifications of EAL/D teachers in ACT schools is not collected.

(4) All ACT public school teachers have, at minimum, a university graduate-level teaching qualifications and are responsible for meeting the English language learning needs of all EAL/D students in their classes. Further:

a) The Directorate provides regular professional learning in EAL/D Education to support all teachers.

b) To comply with the English as an Additional Language or Dialect Students procedures, Introductory English Centre (IEC) programs are led and delivered by teachers with specific EAL/D qualifications, specialised training and/or expertise.

(5) Teacher training and professional development for teachers in ACT public schools is available through ACT Education Directorate specific EAL/D professional learning and teacher training from external sources:

a) EAL/D is identified in the syllabus of selected undergraduate units in the Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

b) The University of Canberra offers the following opportunities to gain Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) specific qualifications:

i) Graduate Certificate in TESOL and foreign language teaching

ii) Graduate Diploma in TESOL and foreign language teaching

iii) Master of Arts in TESOL and foreign language teaching

iv) TESOL PhD program

Students can also study a minor or a major in TESOL as part of another course.

(6) The Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) is responsible for registering eligible people or granting permits to teach eligible people including people who have EAL/D qualifications.

TQI accredits initial teacher education (ITE) programs, some of which provide ITE in EAL/D. TQI also accredits teacher education programs, some of which also provide teacher education in EAL/D. Recognised providers choose which programs to submit for accreditation with TQI. TQI advertises the teacher education programs on the teacher portal and enables the process for teachers to reflect on their learning following the completion of the program.

Schools—English as an additional language
(Question No 1724)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) How many schools currently offer English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) specific programs and what are the (a) schools and (b) school years.

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